Prescribed Fire Burning Crew - Coastal Georgia

Expected Dates
September 22, 2022 to December 16, 2022
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Position ID
Proof of vaccination will be required for any individuals selected to this position before arriving on site.

You will be part of a multi-person burn crew, working on Wildlife Management Area conservation projects through southeast Georgia. Your top priorities are activities associated with prescribed burning, including firebreak construction, fuel reduction, burn operations, and monitoring. Another priority is longleaf pine forest restoration, including tree planting and invasive species removal.  You and your crew will be involved with habitat enhancement for game species, exotic and invasive species management, other native species plantings, basic land management activities, and assisting in sensitive and endangered species recovery.  This position will focus on coastal lands, with opportunities to assist on projects state-wide.

EDUCATIONAL AND RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: There is a great opportunity for learning about the ecosystems of the Southeast, game species habitat management, rare species ecology and prescribed fire application. You will work with a number of biologists and technicians from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and other agencies, as well as volunteers. Leadership opportunities will be available on the fireline. Southeastern Georgia offers opportunities to recreate at numerous state parks, Wildlife Management Areas, National Wildlife Refuges (biking, hiking, canoeing) as well as chances to experience the local culture.

Red Card certification is preferred but not required to apply.  Candidates not currently certified will be required to completed approximately 47 hours of National Wildfire Coordination Group online training PRIOR to beginning their internship.  Interns will be required to go through additional training (including course work, exam, and Arduous Pack Test) immediately upon the start of the internship.

Compensation Details:
  • $300 / week living allowance
  • Fire Boots
  • A one time $650 travel allowance as a personal vehicle is strongly recommended
  • Shared housing is provided
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps education award worth: $1,638.89

This position is AmeriCorps and acceptance of AmeriCorps membership is required for this internship. It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance.

  • State conservation lands in coastal region
  • NWCG wildland fire FFT2 (RedCard) certification
  • FFT2/Red card certification
    Chainsaw training
    First Aid/CPR
    Access to state parks and National Wildlife Refuges nearby.
  • No
Main Area of Focus
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent with supervision
Chain Saw Skills
some experience
Hand Tools
competent without supervision
Orienteering compass skills
some experience